RN, MSCC, GC-C
the webmaster and editor of recover-from-grief.com. She is a licensed
and registered critical care nurse (R.N.) with over 20 years of critical
care experience and working with families in crisis and bereavement,
mainly through in-hospital ethics committees and patient advocacy.
She entered advanced studies on thanatology (study of bereavement) and became a Certified Grief Counselor in 2007. Jennie is a prolific writer and has authored many articles published on the Internet, covering a wide range of self-help topics.
How I Made This Website:
It may interest you to know how I created this website. Why? If I can do it, you can, too. And make a decent income while "following your own passion".
Many people envy my lifestyle. Seems like everyone I know wants to work from home these days. They remind me how difficult, tiring, and soul-killing the 9 to 5 grind is, how expensive gas is, and that they dream about earning a living from home too. Problem is, they don’t know how to even get started on such an undertaking. Is it really possible for them to do what I did?
About 4 years ago, I was also at that point in my life. 12 hour shifts in the ICU were taking their toll on my physical (and emotional) health. But I found a solution, I overcame the obstacles, and so can you. How? Read my story...
Leaving the Hospital Was The best move I ever made!
It was a scary thing, to leave a top-paying professional job. But I was a burnt-out nurse/grief counselor, and I needed a break! And when I finally quit bedside nursing, I decided I wasn’t going to trade one miserable job for another. I was dead set on staying home for a change. I found a job typing medical reports online. Although it was a huge cut in pay, it provided health insurance, and I was so happy working online in my home office, far from the madding crowd. My mental health was worth it.
I gradually realized though, that I needed another source of income in order to make ends meet. If not, I was destined to return to that dreaded hospital work. How could I possibly go back after saying my final farewell to all those other poor souls who were stuck there? They thought I was crazy to leave the security of hospital work, and I was darned if I’d prove them right!
...was sitting right in front of me!
My computer! Could I possibly make a living on the internet? The notion excited me, and I jumped on it. But I didn't know a thing about building a website! Was it hard? Could I learn how to do it?
I went online and started educating myself. I bought a beautiful page template, and invested in Front Page, software which automatically turns your typing into html (web language). I thought I was good to go. But then I found out about the search engines, and I learned that it wasn't enough just to put together a beautiful web page, you have to get it on page one or two of a Google search, or no one will ever see it! (Or buy your stuff or click on your ads).
Hmmm.... more to it than I thought. But I was not ready to give up my dream yet. There I was, poised to sign up for an online "search engine optimization" e-course when I came across something in a book I had bought about Front Page.
There tucked away in "Other Options to Consider" was this short entry:
"Site Build It is a unique all-in-one approach to Web site marketing and sales that provides considerably much more than the traditional Web hosting package. It is truly a one-of-a-kind company and system that is worth seriously looking at. Included in this unique service is a series of automated marketing tools and traffic building features that are too numerous to list here. Site Build it is the only service of its kind and should be examined by anyone looking at Web strategy options". *
I did... I bought... and the rest is history. I put it this website together using SBI (Site Build It).
I'll be honest with you. There was some hard work in the beginning as my "learning curve" peaked. But the process got much easier, the traffic built up, and the profits started coming in, that made it easier, too.
Recover From Grief came about as an extension of my "day job" as a nurse and grief counselor. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping grieving souls through this website, and it has proven a much “better fit” for me in the nursing arena. and by the way, as of this writing, I am making 4-figures per month from the site. Passion and sincerity sells.
have been many SBI success stories just like mine. You can get some
site ideas from what other SBIers are doing. Just have a look at the Case Studies .
Today, I earn a substantial income from my website. I probably work on it an hour or two a day, and I truly love doing it, because I chose a niche I was passionate about. [I still do some online nursing reports, for supplemental income and for medical insurance]. Each morning I brew a big pot of coffee, and start checking my email in my PJs. Mama Cat keeps an eye on me every day) :-)
See what I have to deal with?
Have you recently found yourself among the unemployed, or does your household need some extra income in order to survive these tough financial times? Do you have a passion you want to share with the world? Or do you just want the freedom and calm lifestyle that working from home provides? Then give the Site Build It! system a look-see. Creating a website could change your life, just like it did mine!
"Never be afraid to try something new; remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic."
P.S.: Since we posted this page, it has generated a lot of feedback and questions about SBI. So we decided to put together this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
Good luck to you!
*[Using FrontPage 2003, © 2004 by Paul Colligan and Jim Cheshire, p934].